The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is strengthening its radar network in the Northeast and along the Himalayas.

2 more radars are likely to be set up along the Himalayan range in India within a month, which will add to the three other radars that are already deployed.

Altogether, a total of 10 radars will operate along the Himalayas.

This was informed by Secretary to the Ministry of Sciences – M Rajeevan.

“3 radars are already in place along the Himalayas and 2 more will be installed by next month,” said M Rajeevan while speaking at the four-day virtual conference titled ‘Weather and climate over the mountainous regions’ organised by the Indian Meteorological Society, Shillong.

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Expressing concern over the rate of global warming Rajeevan said that Himalayas, which is also known as the Earth’s third pole, was warming at a much faster rate than the other Polar Regions.

Rajeevan further informed that soon after installation of radar network in the Himalayas gets done with, a radar network in similar lines will also come up along the Northeast.

Speaking at the same event, Director General of the IMD – Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that there is a dire need to understand the mountains and special attention is required to be given to mountain weather.

“Not much ago, landslides were normal in the Himalayas and the Northeast, but in recent years, similar incidents have occurred in Kerala and Karnataka as well,” said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.

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